Monday, November 10, 2008

Breaking News: Kings of Leon Discover Animal Collective

Posted By on Mon, Nov 10, 2008 at 12:22 PM

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Kings of Collective?

In between watching each other tag team chicks, not getting air-play in the States and figuring out how to write their own songs, Nashville's own Kings of Leon like to get down to some Animal Collective. This according to Sunday's New York Times, which published a "celebrity" playlist from babyfaced KoL bassist Danny Bonaduce—I mean Jared Followill—in which he disses WRVU for helping him jump on the bandwagon of some current indie-darlings. Among his other choices are Chairlift, She and Him and Animal Collective—who I'm sure no one in New York has heard of yet. Followill claims to have gotten

turned onto these guys by listening to a college radio station in Nashville that never plays good music. I was driving and heard a song from their last album, “Grass,” and it became an anthem for our last tour. “Strawberry Jam” (Domino) is a continuation of the love I have for them. Their music is really unique and beautiful. They’re really big on instruments. They use a lot of percussion, big drum sounds, congos and shakers. I listen to them backstage when I’m getting ready for a show. I really love their lyrics. I love the guy’s voice. I love anybody’s voice who you can tell is trying really hard but isn’t a naturally good singer. I’m not, so I have a soft spot for people who lay it all out there even though it doesn’t come naturally to them.

So, when's this dude gonna start writing for Pitchfork? I'm willing to bet that in about two years he'll do an op-ed in the Scene about JEFF the Brotherhood. The Kings show off these newfound influences next Wednesday at Municipal Audiorium. Tickets still available.

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